Steps towards Industrie 4.0
The internet has already profoundly changed private life; in the meantime, the Internet of Things and Services is entering the production process and is creating new business models. The interconnection of state-of-the-art information technology and manufacturing processes, summarised under the term Industrie 4.0, is on track. The planned speed factory of the manufacturer of sports articles with the three stripes shows where the road leads: Fast and flexible production up to batch size 1.
However, some aspects, such as automation and function integration, which are summarised under the term Industrie 4.0 as well, are not completely new for the textile industry and the textile machinery engineering.
In the run-up to ITMA ASIA 2016, Mr Nicolai Strauch, Press Officer VDMA Textile Machinery, spoke to VDMA member companies exhibiting in Shanghai in October about their efforts and achievements around the topic Industrie 4.0, automation and function integration. His dialogue partners were: Andreas Hannes, Marketing Manager, Sedo Treepoint, Jan Siebert, Head of Rieter Business Group Machines & Systems, Andreas Schellhammer, CEO of H. Stoll, Andreas Lukas, Managing Director, Andritz Küsters, Arno Gärtner, Managing Director, Karl Mayer, Jürgen Brockmann, Director, Thies and Wilhelm Langius, Division Head, Neuenhauser Maschinenbau.
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